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By Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Dec 30, 2013
Toofast

Hey all,

I saw on the news that there was a rescue in Mendoza on Sunday. Thankfully it appeared the climber was retrieved safely. Any news on what happened? Best wishes to the injured person.


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By Charles Vernon
From Tucson, AZ
Dec 31, 2013

Bump...I climb there a lot and so am curious to learn what happened as well. Send me a message if you don't want to broadcast it all over the internet.


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By Eric Hamer
From Tucson
Dec 31, 2013
Aint nothin like a chihuahua with a backpack. Someone's got to carry the beer

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=826287414095554&set=vb.>>>

Saw this on facebook. I am only slightly familiar with Mendoza but the rock looks like Table Dome.


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By JMayhew
From Tucson, AZ
Dec 31, 2013

Saturday, a climber was leading the last pitch of an obscure 7 pitch traverse route on Table Dome in Mendoza. About 20' out from a stopper placement a hold broke and he took a pendulum fall, running across the wall fairly well in control. Just before he came to a stop the nut popped and he fell another 20' onto lower angle rock, caught by a draw on part of the belay anchor (1 bolt, 2 stoppers.)

The two lead ropes were joined and barely reached the ground (~390'). With the help of a team of 3 on a nearby route, including a "fireman's belay" from below, the 2 climbers rapped together to the ground just as the helicopter arrived for the hoist operation.

Initial concerns were for possible femur and foot fractures. He ended up with a sprained ankle and a deep puncture wound of the thigh and is healing well.

BTW, the rope did NOT fail, as one of the news reports stated.

Amazing teamwork by all involved.

Jeff


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By Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Dec 31, 2013
Toofast

Nice to hear a great story and good outcome. Terrific job to all the people that helped.

Thanks for telling us what happened Jeff.


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By Charles Vernon
From Tucson, AZ
Dec 31, 2013

Everything that Geir said.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 1, 2014
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Way cool video, too! Glad the injuries weren't that horrid.


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